Stephen Robinson speaks after Motherwell open their 2018/19 pre-season schedule with a win away to Crusaders in Belfast.
- First team
Manager: “We’re already seeing improvements”Monday 02 July 2018
- First team
Crusaders 0-1 MotherwellMonday 02 July 2018
Motherwell kicked off their 2018/19 pre-season schedule with a friendly win away to Crusaders.
Danny Johnson scored with the last touch of the ball to secure a 1-0 victory in Belfast, with his back post header finding the net in Jordan Owens’ testimonial match.
The Steelmen played two different XIs in each half, giving the majority of the squad who travelled playing time.
New goalkeeper Mark Gillespie and left back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair both got starts, with Peter Hartley also making his return from injury.
The heat at Seaview took the tempo down somewhat, with both sides having a handful of chances to open the scoring.
An acrobatic effort from Ryan Bowman was the visitors’ best attempt, while the hosts were denied by an offside flag and an incredible save from Gillespie.
The second half saw the introduction of a whole new 11 players, including summer recruits Alex Rodríguez Gorrín, Liam Donnelly and Danny Johnson.
And it was the latter who would find the net just before the referee’s whistle.
Elliott Frear, who had been industrious down the left flank, swung the ball to the back post where Johnson was on hand to nod the ball home.
Next up for Motherwell is a closed doors game with Morton on Tuesday, followed by the trip to Darlington next Sunday.
Recruitment night at Fir ParkThursday 28 June 2018
We’re on the lookout for staff to join our hospitality team here at Fir Park.
With bar, catering and kitchen roles available, we’re holding a recruitment night at the stadium on Thursday, 12 July between 4pm and 6.30pm.
If you’re interested in the event, please register in advance by getting in touch with our hospitality team via our contact form.
- First team
Ticket information for Crusaders tripThursday 28 June 2018
Tickets for our trip to face Crusaders on Saturday, 30 June can be purchased on the gate.
Motherwell will head to Belfast for Jordan Owens’ testimonial in the game at Seaview. Kick off is at 1pm.
Adults can get in for £10, while concessions are priced at £5.
Twenty-four players have travelled to the club’s pre-season training camp in the Republic of Ireland and all will travel north, with the likelihood most will see playing time.
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Alex and Cédric read Scottish tweetsThursday 28 June 2018
From our pre-season base in Ireland, defender Cédric Kipré and new midfielder Alex Rodríguez Gorrín have a go at understanding some Scottish humour by reading out some funny tweets.
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Pete: We’re setting new standardsThursday 28 June 2018
The 2017/18 season provided plenty cause to be optimistic about what’s being built at Motherwell, with the team having reached both national cup finals and narrowly missed out on a top six finish.
With the core of the group retained for the new campaign, and further depth added to the squad in key positions, manager Stephen Robinson’s decision to take the team back to Carton House in Ireland for pre-season training was very much about trying to set the same standards again.
Defender Peter Hartley wasn’t a Motherwell player this time 12 months ago, but he quickly became aware of the level expected.
A pivotal figure in the backline before injury curtailed his season last year, the Englishman says the return across the Irish Sea is about more than simply trying to replicate what’s gone before. Instead, he says, it’s about raising standards further and finding another level.
“We’re not planning on standing still,” he said. “We are planning on moving forward and breaking into the top six.
If you stand still, you’ll get overtaken. We have to improve. The only way to do that is to grow, get fitter and instil the principles again.
“If we do that, the target is to win a cup final this time, or get into the top six.”
A foot injury picked up in January ruled the former Plymouth Argyle man out for several months at the start of 2018.
Having maintained his status as an important figure behind the scenes during his layoff, Hartley says he’s now completely ready to impose himself again on the field.
“I feel great,” he said. “I am pain free. I am making sure I am getting my match sharpness when I can and getting involved with practically everything.”
- First team
Barry Maguire signs new dealThursday 28 June 2018
Barry Maguire has extended his stay with Motherwell for the 2018/19 season.
The central defender, who made his first team debut towards the end of last campaign, has signed a new one-year deal.
Maguire, 20, has made three appearances in claret and amber to date.
“I am delighted to be staying with the club,” he said after signing on. “I got a taste of first team football last season and felt I handled it well.
”My goal now is to try and stay in the manager’s thoughts and get into the team.”
Manager Stephen Robinson added: “Barry has shown he has the ability to step up to the first team and give us further options at centre back.”
”We are pleased he is staying on and hope we can keep pushing him to fulfil his potential.”
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Darlington kick off movedThursday 28 June 2018
Our pre-season friendly away to Darlington has been changed to a 3pm kick off.
The game will still be played on Sunday, 8 July at the Quakers’ Blackwell Meadows ground.
- Reserves & Under 18s
Colts given away tie in cupThursday 28 June 2018
Motherwell Colts will play either BSC Glasgow or East Stirlingshire in the first round of the Irn-Bru Cup.
The clash will be played on the midweek of 14/15 August. The exact date, kick off time and venue will be announced shortly.
BSC and East Stirling will play in a preliminary round on 31 July to determine who will take us on.
The young Steelmen defeated Queen’s Park in the first round of the competition last season, before a trip to face Northern Irish side Crusaders.
After a battling performance, the hosts ran out narrow 3-2 winners with a last-minute goal.
- Well Society
Well Society: AGM reportWednesday 27 June 2018
The Well Society held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night (26th June).
Joint chairman Douglas Dickie reported an increase in membership and income accrued over the past year, related to the success on the park last season when ’Well finished runners-up in both national cup competitions and were seventh in the league.
Douglas reported that the membership now stands at just over 2,600 which results in an income into the Society of around £15,000 per month. The Society raised just under £200,000 in total over the last year, which included income from a share sale, auction, events and donations.
This was a fantastic achievement by the membership and in that respect Douglas thanked them for their tremendous support. He outlined that this income is vital to the success of the club throughout including supporting the academy and the club’s Community Trust.
Douglas complimented both the fantastic success and the work that the academy and the Trust carry out and pointed out that they reach out to over 30,000 people within the community. He appealed to all fans and local businesses to help the Society grow to support the community, underpinning the club’s financial stability and maximising the ‘Double Your Money’ offer given by previous owner Les Hutchison.
This pledge, whereby Mr Hutchison matches any individual investment made out of his own pocket, ends at the end of December and has a maximum ceiling of £500,000. To take full advantage of this, the Society needs to target income of £300,000 this year.
The Society has also formed a Business Club and has had one successful meeting where over 20 businesses were in attendance and demand means they have another meeting on July 19. Douglas also took time out to put on record the Society’s thanks for Mr Hutchison’s continued support since the transfer of ownership.
He said: “We have all seen the benefits of the hard work done throughout the club as a whole including the Society, the community, the academy both on and off the park last season and it is proof of what can be achieved when we all pull together.”
The meeting closed with a round of questions from the floor and a thank you from Douglas to those attending and to the current board of the Society for their hard work and support throughout the year.